In honor of the Anti-Defamation League’s centennial, more than three dozen senior ADL leaders took part in a mission to Israel, November 3-9, 2013, where they participated in a series of special meetings, receptions and a gala featuring Israeli guests and supporters. The mission was led by Barry Curtiss-Lusher, ADL National Chair and Abraham H. Foxman, ADL National Director.
Highlights of the program included a private audience with President Shimon Peres at the President’s Residence, a dinner hosted by U.S. Ambassador Dan Shapiro, meetings with member of Knesset Erel Margalit, Minister of Religious Service and Minister of Industry and Trade Naftali Bennett, and Israeli Defense Minister Moshe Ya’alon.
Knesset Speaker Yuli-Yoel Edelstein hosted a ceremony to mark ADL’s 100th anniversary and a Gala Dinner at the Israel Museum featuring Maj. Gen. (ret.) Amos Yadlin and other special honorees.
The group also visited a new Palestinian city, a school for children of immigrants from around the globe and a reunion for Ethiopian students who were part of ADL’s Children of the Dream program.
They also heard from Israeli journalists David Horovitz of The Times of Israel and Ari Shavit of Haaretz, as well as New York Times Jerusalem Bureau Chief Judi Rudoren.
Participants came from across the country, including Arizona, California, Colorado, Florida, Illinois, Michigan, Nevada, New Jersey, New Mexico, New York, and Texas.